I have found this summer that what makes nonprofit work unique is the people within it. In most organizations, I feel that a lot of the efforts are expended to make more profit, whereas in nonprofits, people are constantly working to better a community or group. As an intern, I have recognized so much dedication to doing amazing work. Compared to other working situations, there is a much greater sense of unity in the company. Weekly meetings where I hear about a variety of projects that each member of the team as well as smaller group sessions to discuss programs or lending have shown me that all the work that a nonprofit does is a group effort. Without the support and dedication of each employee the whole company won’t be able to make effective change.
When I began work at ProsperUs one of the first projects I worked on was creating a community resource guide. This was composed of 34 pages of other companies similar to ProsperUs, as well as a variety of other resources on housing and starting a business. Although it seemed normal, I think back on how surprising it is that an organization would make a list of competitors and hand it out to clients. This reinforced the realization that nonprofits and ProsperUs specifically are fully committed to helping the community, not growth or profit. This honestly required me to change my mindset of work.